June 29th, 2012
06:24 PM ET

US prepared to help Turkey with finding downed plane

By Barbara Starr

The US is prepared to offer Turkey help in locating the undersea wreckage of its jet shot down by Syria last week according to a senior US official.  “We are prepared to assist in the search and recovery of the downed wreckage,” the official said. 

Turkey still must make an official request for assistance. But the official also noted there is a security complication. Because the aircraft is believed to be in international waters but quite close to Syrian waters, the US wants some assurances from Syria it will not fire on, or attack the recovery effort. It's likely that overture to Syria for security assurances would be made by Turkey or a third party the official said.

He also strongly suggested any recovery would likely be carried out by a commercial salvage operation rather than US military assets. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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  1. Silent Majority

    They are just looking for a reason to invade something.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • i respond to imbecilic posts

      Turks had far too many chances to invade but they didn't, which shows that they have no such agenda. Unlike Americans, Turk are remnants of an empire in the region which ruled tens of countries for half a millenium before US started its existence of a couple hundred years. Turks are not adventure seekers, they don't invade a country thousands of miles away and call it a "war" when their citizens continue to sip coffee at Starbucks. Do some self-criticism, you are not in a position to look down on them. They know the consequences of dealing with middle eastern races such as Jews, Arabs, Persians, Armenians, unlike US and Israel, and they don't need any more land than what they have anyway. They focus on improving their country instead and they are doing a great job so far.

      June 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • anto pasha

        Turkey , Dosn't invade ??????? Turkey is a whaat ? everything they {turks stand on today has blood on it, RECOGNISE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they rapes and killed children took weman and called them spoils of war, all this in the 1900s, they still have laws where you will be penalised for insalting turkishnes, turks are GUILTY OF GENOCIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        June 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • sawolf

        329 years ago they were outside the Gates of Vienna. You can make up your own history, but you called the liar that you are.,

        June 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
      • sawolf

        329 years ago they were outside the Gates of Vienna. You can make up your own history, but you will be called the liar that you are.,

        June 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  2. obama is only perpared to talk with hollow words on all policies

    More spin from the obama do nothing camp

    June 30, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • Jon

      Hard to listen or believe a guy who can't spell "prepared."

      July 2, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  3. yuri

    Quigley , this is not nazi germany ,this is NATO. Allies DO help each other . turkey is helping the US in Afghanistan . turkey and the US ve been fighting side by side since the korean war. its a relationship thing .

    June 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • rob

      Foreign entanglement is not a relationship thing, as it can kill your children.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:50 am | Reply
  4. George Patton

    Why is it necessarily the U.S. helping? Can't the French do it? Of course they can! Let the French step up to the plate for a change. The less we get involved over there, the better!!! It seems like we only make things worse than otherwise would be.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • Quigley

      You nailed it, George. We need to let these useless allies of ours do their own duties instead of us doing them in their place!

      June 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • i respond to imbecilic posts

      Turkey is hardly a useless ally, it's the second largest military in NATO after US and also a top contributing member of NATO. Turks never asked for Americans' help but Americans repeatedly asked for Turks' help throughout history. Check cold war history, check recent history. Unlike general knowledge, Turks were the #1 ally when it came to the Iraqi war as majority of soldiers, equipment, supplies were transferred through Turkey. Turkish help was far more crucial than that of UK. Without Turkish soil and airspace, the war would have cost three times more and be much more risky due to the use of alternate routes. Turks also commanded the Afghani NATO forces multiple times.

      They are not useless, you are clueless. You only know to take and not to give in return, self-righteous imbecile.

      June 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • AmericanMuffDiver

        I agree, the Turks are a great ally and need to be recognized for their contribution. Thank you Turkey for your support!

        June 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
      • Jon

        I realize that Turkey is not a useless ally, and therefore should be able to get its own downed plane. Asking for help in a war is one thing, but if they're such a power, why not just tell Syria "we're getting our plane," and then go get it?

        July 2, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Jerry Gentry

      Turkey is a great ally of the NATO alliance but should not go to war with Syria over this Jet shot down. Rather, Turkey should establish their own personal santions within their country towards Syria. As for the French assisting Syria,.... Not a good idea either. the French military have seldom had good military engagements in any conflict since Nepoleon, and that was A LONG TIME AGO.

      July 2, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply

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